Celebrations have begun outside 10 Janpath, the residence of Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, with the Congress president turning 71 today (Saturday). Congress workers could be seen with balloons in party colours and they even burst crackers.
PM Modi too, greeted Mrs Gandhi, and wished her good health. "Birthday greetings to Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi. I pray for her long life and good health," the prime minister tweeted this morning.
Mrs Gandhi will soon be succeeded by her son Rahul Gandhi as Congress president. Sonia Gandhi, who has been facing health issues, has not campaigned till now in the Gujarat assembly polls, where the BJP and the Congress have been locked in a very intense battle. The state is voting for 89 out of its 182 constituencies in the first phase of elections today. The campaign so far has been extremely bitter and personal.